November 26, 2007

Finishing

Since the late 80's you haven't seen the words "Browns" and "swagger" used in the same sentence too often. But that's what ESPN's John Clayton does after today's satisfying 27-17 win over the Texans.

With five home wins in a row, this team is starting to crack the thick layer of cynicism in the fan base, built up by the eight previous seasons of inept, nearly unwatchable football. We were sitting there in the stands today with a 27-10 lead, with just over five minutes to go in the game, realizing that we have been in that position so seldom in this era that we don't know quite how to behave. (Nervously, it turns out, as the Texans easily marched down for a late score, setting up an onside kick.)

But this time, the Browns finished. It's too early to call it a trend, but it was promising. Seven wins was the upper limit of my expectation for the whole season, and the Browns hit that number today, with five games left.

The schedule down the stretch (Arizona, Jets, Bills, Bengals, and 49ers) doesn't include anyone who figures to have an easy game against Cleveland, and the prospect of nine to ten wins and a playoff spot is becoming thinkable. But let's hold off on that swagger just now.

Posted by dan at November 26, 2007 2:06 AM